SPORTS: Jeter says 2014 season will be his last

New York Yankees star shortstop and captain Derek Jeter announced yesterday (February 12th) that this will be his final year, saying he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The future Hall of Famer broke the news on his Facebook page, writing, "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets." Jeter, who will turn 40 this summer, is a 13-time All-Star who led the Yankees to five World Series championships. But he only played 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle he suffered during the 2012 playoffs. He wrote yesterday, "Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward." Among Jeter's other accomplishments: Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316, and currently ninth on the all-time list. Five-time Gold Glove winner American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 MVP of the 2000 World Series.

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